Every snow storm is great for the water situation. It's another week we don't have to pay to pump water for the lawns. It's undeniably beautiful to look out at a blanket of snow. It's a great excuse for putting things off. But... we're ready for SPRING! We've got projects to do, buildings to paint, repairs and improvements. You will not believe the stuff we have planned for the fairgrounds this Spring. Visitors to the fairgrounds will be amazed and delighted by what they will see. If you want to help out, call us up. We'll put you to work on something. It's a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with the family. Plus, you'll always look at what you did and know you were a part of this gem in Plumas County.
I've been married a few times. I have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. But never, never, have I been so disappointed as today when I got an e-mail saying the pig races couldn't make it to our fair. In fact, several pig racing concerns have shunned us. And the inter-species racing. (Remember? Goat vs. pig vs.sheep vs. duck vs. chicken) The last time we had animals racing each other was 150 years ago at the horse racing track, Rockwell Park. You know what? Fine. We don't want no stinking pig racing this year! We've got pedal tractor pulls, we've got diving dogs. We'll come up with something better to entertain ourselves! I'm working on fish racing at the moment, using only local fish so we're not at the mercy of some flatlander's fish whim.
Maybe something besides a race. A Bay Area fair has the Ugliest Dog contest. I found out that the top three stories last year for the Associated Press were 1.) President Obama's election, 2.) Michael Jackson's death, and 3.) The Ugliest Dog contest. Wow. As I read that I knew we couldn't copy them, so my warped mind immediately came up with the Ugliest Kid contest. Don't suggest that to a mother, it doesn't go over well. Anyway, rest assured the brightest minds of Plumas County are working on an event better than anyone else's.
The most anticipated book next to the Grand Jury Report will be out around the end of the month. We are doing the final editing now and looking for a couple of businesses that could run an ad in the guide, let me know if you are interested. Cheap!
We really want to increase the number of entries into the Fair this year because that is what a fair is all about. It is what we have made, grown or raised. Then we show it at the fair. We will post the guide on line as well as distribute it at schools, businesses and libraries. Take a look at all the different catagories and think about what you have made, grown or raised. (Kids don't count) It's cheap to enter and the amount of money you can win is mostly lousy, but there is not a better feeling of accomplishment in your life than to win a blue ribbon in the county fair. I won a blue ribbon for a photograph I entered back in the 1977 Plumas County Fair. It wasn't even that good of a picture! But you know I still have it. Do yourself a favor and keep an eye out for the exhibit guide later this month.
That's what they say at a rodeo, and we're going to have a dandy rodeo at this year's fair! Rockin' M is putting on a CCPRA sanctioned event. Last year's bull riding was cool, but this is a full on rodeo. Team Roping, steer wrestling, bronc & bull riding, barrel racing, bull fighters, clowns and drill teams. There ain't nothin' like a rodeo. You should be able to buy your tickets on line next week.
By the way, we really hope you come to these events. If we want to keep getting better entertainment, we really need to sell tickets to these events. We think the entertainment is well worth the price. The rodeo tickets will be $15, and that includes entry to the fair. So come out and support the Fair. Maybe we can steal away the Nationals from Las Vegas.
It has come to my attention that some people think Chipper is writing this blog. No. He's cute, furry and looks good in a sombrero. But he cannot write. I'm not saying he's bad at writing, I'm saying he can't write. He's a rodent. He gathers nuts and makes suicide runs in front of cars and trucks on Highway 70. The truth is, we don't even see him very often on the fairgrounds. All the thug squirrels have run Chipper and his ilk out of the area. Rodent jealousy? Perhaps. The squirrels certainly don't have a human wearing an enormous costume in their likeness. Not only that, but squirrels can't write either. And there you have it, the squirrels control the turf, the chipmunk has the fame.
John is the CEO of the Plumas Sierra County Fair. He lives in Portola and has been coming to the Fair in Quincy since he was a young boy. Chipper has allowed his name to be used in the title of this blog, but the viewpoints are all John's.